Windswept at Murlough is painted using acrylic on A4 paper made for Aly’s MAYIM exhibition during the 2020 lockdown.
‘Mayim’ is the Hebrew name for water. The ‘Mayim’ exhibition was a virtual exhibition that consisted of a live stream while I sat in formal attire in front of my laptop talking my audience through the various paintings. Lockdown and coronavirus meant that even the artists had to adapt!
The paintings and the exhibition were inspired by my love of water. Water and waves at the beach, water in the lakes and waterfalls in the North and South of Ireland. I trust that you enjoy the brush or palette marks of each scene. Deep maroon and bright blues used to capture this stormy but fun day at Murlough.
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Movement is really important to Aly and she wants the viewer to feel responsive to this in the marks of the palette knife.
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Enjoy the variation in sea colour and rich purples on the Mourne mountain headland in the distance in this vibrant painting and image yourself being Windswept at Murlough.
A beach walk – so simple but pulls on so many of our senses. Cold wind in our face, hands in pockets, ears swamped with loud waves crashing and salt airy brushing our tongues. So good for the soul. So good for the senses.
Made with the Irish holiday maker in mind, the original of this painting depicts a windswept beach typical of our Irish coastline.
Aly is a Northern Irish-based Artist, Writer and Educator. One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:
> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards
Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.
She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work. This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.
Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.
Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings. Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.
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I use art in all it’s mediums to express my love for the “everyday”. Coffee cups, familiar landmarks, colour associations. All of these, I believe, contribute to what is known as our “everyday”. Not only do I love drawing them, I think they are worth placing importance on.
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